Immigration top brass 'took bribes' for triad visas

Immigration top brass 'took bribes' for triad visas

Chuwit Kamolvisit
Chuwit Kamolvisit

Three former division commanders of the Immigration Bureau (IB) have taken bribes for approving visas for more than 3,325 Chinese nationals, according to former politician and massage parlour tycoon Chuwit Kamolvisit.

The approvals of these non-immigrant visas -- Type B (Business) and Type O (Other purposes) -- were made between 2020 and last year by the three police major-generals, Mr Chuwit said on Wednesday.

Two of them, identified by Mr Chuwit only by the initials of their first names K and D, are former classmates of deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn at the Royal Police Cadet Academy, he claimed.

He identified the other as "N", claiming this is the initial of his first name.

All three served as chiefs of the IB's Divisions 4 and 5, said Mr Chuwit.

"Since Pol Maj Gen K and Pol Maj Gen D, who signed to approve these visa-switching applications for the Chinese nationals, are Pol Gen Surachate's classmates, I was wondering if he would ever dare take action against them," Mr Chuwit asked.

According to him, the cost of getting such an application approved by the three former commanders ranged from 100,000-300,000 baht per person.

Chinese nationals arrived in Thailand on a tourist visa which allowed them to stay for 30 days.

During that time they sought to have their visas changed to a Type B or Type O with the help of the Chinese criminal syndicate being investigated independently in connection with the drug trade and other illegal activities, said Mr Chuwit.

A Chinese legal firm was set up to assist them, he said, adding the Khon Kaen-based Prans Hanyu Foundation was also involved in the racket.

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Vocabulary

  • approval: official permission - การอนุมัต
  • bribe: money or a present given to someone so that they will help you doing something dishonest or illegal - สินบน
  • commander: a police offer of high rank - ผู้บังคับบัญชา
  • dare: to be brave enough to do something - กล้า
  • immigrant: a person who has come to a different country in order to live there permanently - ผู้อพยพ, คนย้ายถิ่น
  • Immigration Bureau: the government agency dealing with people entering and leaving the country and those who want to live there - สำนักงานตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
  • initial: the first letter of a person's first name - อักษรแรกของชื่อ
  • national: a citizen of a particular country - ประชาชน
  • purpose: the intention to achieve something - ความตั้งใจ, ความประสงค์, ความปรารถนา, ความตั้งใจ
  • racket: an illegal activity that earns money - การหาเงินโดยผิดกฎหมาย
  • syndicate: a group of people or companies who work together and help each other in order to achieve a particular aim - สมาคม, องค์การ, สหการ , การรวมกลุ่มเป็นสมาคม
  • top brass: the people with the highest positions of authority, especially in the armed forces - บุคคลสำคัญ
  • triad: a secret Chinese organisation involved in illegal activities such as selling drugs -
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